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I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

Not necessary: Shingles are a skin eruption caused by the chicken pox virus that you likely contracted in childhood. The virus is present in the nerve root supplying the skin area where the eruption occurs. With normal immunity you will also have circulating antibody to the virus that will be protective for the neonate. If you have a suppressed immune system, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Doubt any effect: Shingles is essentially the emergence of a hibernating virus from nerve clusters along the inside of your spine. It travels out the nerve, like a canoe paddling down river to the skin, where pt causes pain & blisters that contain the reactivated virus. To affect baby it would need to enter the blood & pass thru the placenta. This is not a feature of shingles. ...Read more

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What does the shingles virus look like?

What does the shingles virus look like?

The shingles virus: Formally known as the varicella-zoster virus is a herpes virus and they all look the same under the electron microscope. The rash it causes as shingles or zoster mostly occurs as a band like rash on the torso or around one side of the forehead. ...Read more

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Can i spread shingles by exhaling the virus?

No: Chickenpox is the one spread by exhaling the virus. The virus of shingles is confined to the skin lesion. You can spread it to others by having the skin lesion, discharge and crusting open to air as it is full of the virus. If it is inhaled by someone who has not had chickenpox previously, they can come down with full body chickenpox. ...Read more

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How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

How can I avoid spreading shingles virus on me or others?

Unlikely: If the person you are in direct contact with has previously had chickenpox or has had the varicella-zoster vaccine they will not be at risk. In the absence of those things, or in patients who may have their immune system compromised, transmission may occur. ...Read more

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What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

See your Dr ASAP: The virus never totally goes away, but it can go back to a dormant state and there are medications that help it happen quicker w/ less severe symptoms. It works best if you do it early! So, go ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 62 and was diagnosed with MS in 1990 is it safe to get the shingles shot? I heard it's a live virus isn't that risky for me?

I am 62 and was diagnosed with MS in 1990  is it safe to get the shingles shot?  I heard it's a live virus isn't that risky for me?

Complex: The live virus becomes a major issue in those patients who receive immunosuppressive or modulating agents for their ms, as one could fear a viral mutation with a severe infection, but, if you do not take an ms disease modifying agent, you would have same outcomes as those without ms. All in all, a dead virus is preferable, but not always the only choice, as meds can be held for 3-4 wks if vital. ...Read more

Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more